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How To Lose Skilled Staff To Australia Made Stupidly Easy

10 December 2011 4 comments

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How do we go about making sure that we lose more skilled workers to Australia? Obviously losing 35,000 (net) New Zealanders to Australia isn’t enough. We must do better.

In an effort to help the National government (which 1,058,638 voters kindly helped re-elect) de-populate this country and boost Australia’s economy, MidCentral District Health Board took the contract to provide specialist medical testing from Canterbury Health Laboratories in Christchurch, and instead gave it to Auckland-based, LabPlus,

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Oh, jolly well done!

This achieves three strikes against workers in this country;

  • It removes job security. Obviously if your job can be taken away at the stroke of a pen, via a “contract”, and given to someone else in Auckland (or Sydney, or Mumbai, or Tashkent), then you can no longer plan for your future. Buying a house is out – you don’t know if you’ll be able to service a mortgage in a years’ time. Planning a family? Forget it – how will you  pay for Little Johnny or Jenny’s music lessons/soccer lessons/food/clothing/medical bills/education/orthodontic braces if your job is contracted to someone else? No home, no children, and probably no job in New Zealand?  Australia beckons.
  • Lower wages? Most likely. Service contracts are usually awarded to alternative providers because of lower costs – and wages constitute a hefty portion of business costs. So by driving down wages (as CMP Rangitikei/ANZCO meat processing company is trying to do to it’s workers, by cutting their wages by up to 20%), MidCentral District Health Board is assisting central government to drive down wages in New Zealand. (see details below) That will ‘motivate’ skilled workers to reconsider their “living arrangements.” Australia beckons.
  • Gutting Christchurch’s infra-structure? What two major earthquakes started, National intends to finish. For starters, the Nats have canned 167 full-time-equivalent teaching positions in Christchurch, effective next year. Next, the re-build is being slowed to a crawl by a lack of enrollments for trade training courses in  Christchurch. Of course, even if we train new tradespeople, Bill Englishl will ensure that wages are kept screwed down – therefore ensuring that builders, electricians, plumbers, glaziers, etc, heed the call to migrate to Australia.  Australia… beckons.

In case anyone is in doubt that taking away jobs from skilled workers won’t motivate them to give this country the ‘Big Flick‘, and leave for Australia – the following comparison of salaries for skilled Medical Laboratory Technicians and Scientists should remove that doubt,

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New Zealand – Medical Laboratory Technician

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Australia – Medical Laboratory Technician

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New Zealand – Medical Laboratory Scientist

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Australia – Medical Laboratory Scientist

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Medical Laboratory Workers Union president, Stewart Smith, says “staff are already leaving the sector because they are disheartened by the fickle way in which contracts are awarded“.

Of course.

It’s all part of the grand, “master plan” from neo-liberals to transfer the entire working-population of New Zealand to Australia. This should be quite apparent to anyone trying to figure out just WTF this country is doing to it’s workforce. (If anyone still believes in the fairy tale that National is actually trying to raise wages – they haven’t been paying attention.)

Does National really have a “master plan” to de-populate New Zealand?

Of course they do.

They just don’t know it.

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Just what the  local  economy – hit hard by two major quakes – needs right now. More redunancies; more uncertainty; more upheavals in peoples’ lives.

And notice a lack of a certain Prime Minister who is nowhere to be seen on the ground, during this time?

Not many photo-ops when people are losing their jobs and having their lives turned upside down, I guess.

Workers at Hillside Railways Engineering, in South Dunedin, must know what it feels like,

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Australia beckons.

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